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Hard drives spin down often in Win7 (despite changing "Power Option")

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Last response: in Storage
April 15, 2010 2:05:31 AM

The hard drives in my newly-built computer are spinning down very frequently (often they have to spin up for every song in a playlist.)

I have changed the spin down time settings under "Power Options", but it doesn't seem to have any effect. Any ideas?

Here are my computer specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium
2x WD hard drives (1tb and 640gb.)
80gb Intel SSD for system (obviously no problems here)
Intel i7-930
Asus P6X58D Premium motherboard


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a c 415 G Storage
April 15, 2010 3:41:09 AM

If you're using "Green" drives, most will automatically spin down after several seconds of inactivity. This has nothing to do with Windows, it's built into the firmware of the drive itself.